Arthur “David” Pascoe MBE: 1938 – 2019

It is with our deepest sympathies that we announce the passing of our beloved founder of Penventon Park Hotel, David Pascoe MBE.

Born in 1938 to Louie & Harold, David spent his childhood growing up in Redruth before attending Redruth Grammar School National Service was a staple part of growing up in post-war Britain and David embarked on a journey to Germany, stationed as a radar operator for the RAF.

It was then, his passion for serving the public and pursuing a career dedicated to helping others flourished as he joined the police force in Newquay following 2 years in the RAF. David had no idea how his life would dramatically change as a policeman and what was around the corner; meeting Paola. There was an instant spark of chemistry and they never looked back, with their relationship thriving from strength to strength the pair upped sticks from the county to their new home in Birmingham.

David trained as a teacher, completing his degree in an impressive two years, specialising in geography and fine art, the latter stemming from his creative talents whereby he considered himself first and foremost as an artist.

Returning to Cornwall and marrying , they purchased the Basset Count House in 1965 which was renowned as Cornwall’s first fine dining restaurant, made famous across the Duchy for its dinner and dances. In 1969 as their dedication to hospitality soared, David and his brother George took over the sorting office in Redruth, formerly a Georgian mansion house and transformed it into a luxury family run hotel; The Penventon. Known for the warm generous ambience, hearty food and being a hub for local nightlife with revellers partying throughout the night in the Chianti Bar and Trumpets Disco.

David was an all-round family man and a father figure not only to his children, but to those around him which included mentoring staff at the Penventon after their shift. David was a key figure in the Redruth community, known by most and could be spotted with a pasty walking through town walking his dog or driving around in his E-Type Jaguar (of which he had 5, true to his mantra of being committed to buying local and British)

A love for art from a young age, David’s appreciation of the Cornish scenery inspired him to paint every beach in Cornwall and detailed botanicals, many which can be found at the Penventon Park Hotel showcasing his natural talents.

David’s further commitment to supporting local causes was at the core of his values and his love for the town and surrounding areas was paramount to being at the centre of fundraising. Responsible for gathering donations, David raised funds for Cornwall’s first CAT scan at Treliske, was at the heart of Redruth Town Band, RAOST, Portreath Surf Life Saving Club and a Governor for local schools… His phenomenal efforts didn’t go unnoticed and he received an MBE for his philanthropic achievements and dedication to serving the community.

David Pascoe – “Lived more in 1 life than most would live in many” – Kelvin (David’s Cousin)